South Carolina elementary school shooting: 2 students injured; suspect’s father found dead at home

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TOWNVILLE, S.C. — At least two children were shot Wednesday at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, Anderson County EMS Director Scott Stoller told CNN.

Authorities were called to Townville Elementary School at about 2 p.m. in reference to an “emergency situation,” according to WHNS.

"We have one shooter in custody," Anderson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Taylor Jones said. "We have three injured. Two students that were life-flighted to Greenville to the pediatrics trauma center, and we have one teacher that has been taken to Anmed Health."

Police said the suspected shooter is a teenager who used a handgun to shoot two little students and a teacher.

"I just prayed for their families, prayed for those kids." mother Jamie Meredith said. "I thank God it wasn't mine, but I feel so bad. And I'm just going to pray that they're okay. And I don't know if they were my daughter's classmates or if they were somebody I knew, I don't know. I just feel so bad."

Adding to the deja vu of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, police said the suspected shooter's father was found dead at his home from a gunshot wound.

Authorities said the wounded teacher and one of the students shot are in good condition.

The other student's condition is unknown.

Police said they don't have a motive yet but hope to find some answers soon.

"We have searched the school. Our SWAT team has been engaged today. We do not feel like we've got any other shooters or anyone else involved," Jones said. "And everything appears to be safe."

"(My daughter) just told me they went to the bathroom and she was glad she didn't get shot," Meredith said. "I'm just so scared I don't even want her to go to school now."

School has been canceled for the rest of the week.

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